From the doorstep

The location of the cottage on a stunning white sandy beach, within Balranald RSPB Reserve, means you have plenty to explore on the doorstep. The light is constantly changing and has the special clarity you find on the West coast which artists and photographers will appreciate.

Every time you walk from the cottage there is a special moment to enjoy, whether it is a sighting of an Eagle, Otter or the Wading birds displaying over the Machair. In summer the scent of the flowers on the Machair drifts to the garden.

Wild swimming in the turquoise clear water, kayaking, kite surfing and rock pooling are all within 5 minutes walk and can be accessed directly from the garden.

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From the doorstep
 
Some favourite pastimes for guests at the cottage
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Swim in the bay
Enjoy the crystal clear turquoise sea. Watch the fish shimmering as you swim with birds flying overhead. Then enjoy a well deserved hot bath or shower within 5 minutes of walking out of the sea.
Revitalising and rejuvenating!
Swimming in the calm waters of the bay, Balranald
Swimming in the calm waters of the bay, Balranald

Swimming
Swimming

Turquoise sea of the Outer Hebrides
Turquoise sea of the Outer Hebrides

The water in the bay next to the cottage is turquoise and crystal clear and the beaches are white sand

Swimming in the calm waters of the bay, Balranald
Swimming in the calm waters of the bay, Balranald

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Enjoy RSPB Balranald reserve
Explore the reserve alone or join an RSPB guided walk with an RSPB Ranger.
Watch the waders displaying in Spring or nesting in Summer. Raptors hunt overhead and the Machair is full of life. 
Otter cubs on rocks, North Uist
Otter cubs on rocks, North Uist

Winter sunrise over the fields
Winter sunrise over the fields

The machair in summer
The machair in summer

Otter cubs on rocks, North Uist
Otter cubs on rocks, North Uist

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Orchid

Tall Orchid
Tall Orchid

Hosta beach
Hosta beach

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Orchid

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There is excellent walking direct from the cottage without the need to drive anywhere or to set foot on road.  
 
Grass tracks and a series of gorgeous firm, flat, white sand beaches allow continuous walking for many miles in solitude.
The pure air, wild ocean vistas, vast skyscapes, the sweet scent of the machair wildflowers in summer makes this a walker's paradise.
Walk around the headland to Traigh Iar beach. Walk to the blowhole or further on to the surfing beach of Hosta
Watch the sunset into the sea 
from the garden
The sunsets here are astonishingly beautiful. During the summer months, the colours are predominantly red and orange whilst in winter they have a purple hue. Sunsets are always different and it is very special to be able to watch the sun set into the sea. Watch for the elusive green flash as the setting sun dips over the horizon.
Sunset and geese
Sunset and geese

Red Sunset
Red Sunset

March Sunset
March Sunset

Sunset and geese
Sunset and geese

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Enjoy preparing fresh local food including lobster, scallops, langoustines, crab claws and smoked fish in the large well equipped kitchen
Eat al-fresco in the garden with a glass of something special. The views, wildlife and sunset will provide the entertainment!
Garden table with a Seaview
Garden table with a Seaview

View from the garden
View from the garden

Sunset view
Sunset view

Garden table with a Seaview
Garden table with a Seaview

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Relax in the comfortable lounge

Watch the ever-changing colours as the sea gently rolls in and out of the bay. The birdlife on view changes with the tide. Lapwings and Oystercatchers feed in the garden

With luck you might see the elusive Corncrake which has been seen in the garden every Spring for the last few years 

Lapwings tend to feed in the garden at sunset
Lapwings tend to feed in the garden at sunset

Great views over the bay
Great views over the bay

Corncrake in the garden
Corncrake in the garden

Lapwings tend to feed in the garden at sunset
Lapwings tend to feed in the garden at sunset

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MORE ACTIVITIES
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FOOD & DRINK

Some of the best local seafood in the UK

WILDLIFE

Explore the wildlife of the Island. RSPB Balranald visitor centre is 5 minutes walk from the cottage

ARCHEOLOGY

Explore the archeological sites of the Island

SPORT

If you are feeling more energetic...

BOAT TRIPS

Explore the coast, islands and wildlife from the sea

THE NIGHT SKY

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See the Northern Lights. Experience probably the best dark skies in the UK

WALKS

Explore the coast or head to hills. Every fitness level catered for

EXCURSIONS

Day trips further afield to Harris, Lewis, Barra, Eriskay, Mingulay and St. Kilda

ST. KILDA

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Visit the remote and fascinating archipelago of St. Kilda - a UNESCO world heritage site

ART & CULTURE

Visit the museums and artisans who have made North Uist their home

FISHING & GOLF

Enjoy world class fishing and golf